President calls for political dialogues before elections

President U Thein Sein greets political leaders, ethnic affairs ministers and ethnic leaders.
President U Thein Sein greets political leaders, ethnic affairs ministers and ethnic leaders.

Political dialogues are needed before the 2015 general elections, while unity is fundamental for building a new democratic state, President U Thein Sein told political leaders, ethnic affairs ministers and ethnic leaders at a meeting on Wednesday.
While meeting with the political stakeholders at the Presidential Palace, U Thein Sein said the transition period is a critical time for Myanmar, and dialogue is a crucial step for all political forces of the country, adding that he is arranging talks proposed by Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
The president also said the democratization process directly relates with peace-making efforts, saying the recent signing of a draft ceasefire agreement had been met with congratulations from the international community.
He also noted the need for the signing of the final stage of the agreement after holding talks with stakeholders before the upcoming elections.
U Thein Sein said almost all of the negotiations for the potential nationwide ceasefire agreement were based on the proposals of ethnic armed groups, with the government’s Union Peace-making Working Committee firmly focused on a peace deal.
He expressed his belief that all registered political parties will contest upcoming elections, making it a historic event.
In his concluding remarks, U Thein Sein said that while stakeholders may have differing views, they also have common interests which should be implemented for the development of the country.
He finally emphasized that the 2015 general election is slated for October and November, and the Union Election Commission is making systematic preparations to show the international community a free and fair election.
The president also stated that the upcoming election is related to the dignity of the country, and national duty must be jointly performed by all stakeholders.
Also present at the meeting were Vice Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun, Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw Thura U Shwe Mann, Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Khin Aung Myint, Chairman of Union Election Commission U Tin Aye, Deputy Commander-in-Chief
of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, USDP Vice Chairman U Htay Oo, NLD Chairperson Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, NUP Chairman U Than Tin, NDF Chairman U Khin Maung Swe, U Sai Aik Paung of NBF, leaders of Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine, and Shan ethnic parties and ethnic ministers of regions and states, totalling 43.

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